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Podium the aim as Boyd targets a return to form

 

By Sammy Hamill

A place on the Silverstone podium tomorrow evening is what Wayne Boyd has in his sights.

It is effectively the home round of the European Le Mans Endurance Championship for the 27-year-old former Formula Ford champion from Templepatrick and, after a less than stellar start to his LMP2 career with the United Autosports team, Boyd believes Silverstone is where he can emulate his performances over the past two seasons in the lower (slower) LMP3 class.

He had five LMP3 podium finishes, including a victory, but since being promoted to the more powerful LMP2 Ligier JS P217, he and co-drivers Hugo de Sadeleer and Will Owen have not produced the results expected from a team which won the Silverstone four-hour race last year.

Boyd admits he is finding LMP2 a tougher nut to crack.

"You have drivers who were in F1, and drivers who should've been in F1, so some of the line ups are really strong," he says.

"Our line up is strong too and we have a great team around us. It's just a few things haven't clicked into place and luck hasn't been on our side. But it is a step up for me from last year.

"I would really like to think we could fight for a podium. In the last couple of events our race pace was good - we just haven't had a lot of luck. But the UA team won at Silverstone last year, so we know the car goes well there."

Also aiming to bounce back at Silverstone in Sunday's round of the World Endurance Championship is fellow Ulsterman Charlie Eastwood, who suffered the disappointment of his TF Sport Aston Martin retiring with less than two hours of the Le Mans 24-Hour race to run.

There's a change to the TF team, with Euan Hankey replaced by Jonny Adam, who joins Eastwood and Salih Yoluc in their GTE Vantage for the six-hour race.

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